When Bad Tastes Good: Discovery of Taste Receptors in the Lungs Could Help People With Asthma Breathe Easier

“It turns out that the bitter compounds worked the opposite way from what we thought,” says Dr. Liggett. “They all opened the airway more extensively than any known drug that we have for treatment of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” Dr. Liggett says this observation could have implications for new therapies.